Norbert Elias was Professor Emeritus at the University of Frankfurt until his death in 1990.
Preface by Eric Dunning and Stephen Mennell. Introduction. 1. Civilization and Informalization. 2. A Digression on Nationalism. 3. Civilization and Violence: On the State Monopoly of Physical Violence and its Transgression. 4. The Breakdown of Civilization. 5. Thoughts on the Federal Republic. Editorial Postscript by Michael Schroeter. Notes. Index.